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Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

"Man Food" is all about big bold flavors, and these chipotle honey lime pulled pork tacos deliver! Make them for the dad in your life this Father's Day!

Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos by The Redhead Baker

It's almost Father's Day. It seems to be traditional that on Mother's Day, you go out for brunch, and on Father's Day, you stay home and cook "man food."

What is "man food"? Stuff that's grilled - burgers, steaks, chicken. Food with big, bold flavors. Food that is dripping in melted cheese.

Today's recipe falls into the big, bold flavors category: pork shoulder flavored with chipotle pepper, honey and lime. It's pretty hands-off, since the crockpot does most of the work.

You've probably noticed that in some crockpot recipes, you give the meat a quick sear before putting it in the crockpot. Not this one — you don't want a crust on the meat, because you're going to shred it once it's done cooking.

And once it's done, the meat will shred very easily. Seriously, it just about fell apart as soon as I touched it, which in this case, is a very good thing.

Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos by The Redhead Baker

You can give this recipe as much "heat" as you like. If you like your food eye-watering spicy, don't remove the chipotle pepper seeds. If you don't, take them out. That won't take away ALL of the heat; it will definitely still have some spice. If you really don't like spicy food, well, this isn't the recipe for you.

There will be some liquid left over in the crockpot once the meat cooks. You can drain the meat well, and pour the leftover liquid into a small saucepan and boil it down until it's thick and use it like a taco sauce.

Serve with your favorite taco accompaniments: avocado slices or guacamole, salsa, sour cream, etc. I served these with Trader Joe's Spicy, Smoky Peach Salsa.

Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos by The Redhead Baker

Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos by The Redhead Baker

Chipotle Honey Lime Pulled Pork Tacos

Yield: 6 (2 tacos per serving)

Ingredients

For the pulled pork

  • Zest of two limes
  • 1 cup lime juice
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 in chipotle chilis adobo, chopped (seeded if preferred for less heat)
  • 1 tbsp adobo sauce
  • 1 lb pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat, 2.5-

For the tacos

  • 12 flour tortillas
  • 4 ounces shredded manchego cheese
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • Other taco toppings as desired (guacamole, sour cream, salsa, etc.)

Instructions

  1. Place the lime zest, lime juice, honey, kosher salt, grated garlic, chipotle chilis and adobo sauce in a crockpot, whisk well.
  2. Place the trimmed pork shoulder in the crockpot. Cook on high for 6 hours, turning once halfway through.
  3. Once the pork shoulder is fulling cooked, shred the meat with two forks.
  4. Assemble the tacos by placing 2 ounces of shredded meat, a tablespoonful of manchego cheese, a sprinkle of cilantro and whatever other taco toppings you like on each flour tortilla.

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Thursday 25th of September 2014

[…] threw a Mexican fiesta in honor of Dave’s birthday. We had a taco bar (seasoned ground beef; chipotle honey lime pulled pork; and sweet potato, black bean and corn), two kinds of empanadas, queso dip, guacamole, tortilla […]

Kellie @ The Suburban Soapbox

Thursday 12th of June 2014

These look so good! AND easy for busy weeknight dinners. Pinning!

Meredith at in sock monkey slippers

Wednesday 11th of June 2014

Great combo!

Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

You totally had me at chipotle and lime! I bet the honey nicely tempers the heat in these tacos.

Angie | Big Bear's Wife

Tuesday 10th of June 2014

Those just look wonderful! I can't wait to make this!

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